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Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:16 am
Edited on: May 25, 2011 8:27 pm
Report indicates Mike Brown to be hired as the next head coach of the Los Angeles LakersPosted by EOB Staff


Update: 8:17 p.m. 

The Los Angeles Lakers have issued a statement confirming that the team has reached an "agreement" with Mike Brown to serve as the team's next head coach. 
"In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him.  In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days."'s Ken Berger reports the deal is for four years and $18.25 million.

The Associated Press notes that Brown will be the 22nd coach of the Lakers and that Jim Buss, son of owner Jerry Buss, led the search process without consulting any of the Lakers players, including Kobe Bryant.
Rather than promoting one of Jackson's assistant coaches, the Lakers are changing course after an abrupt end to their two-year title reign and the long-anticipated departure of Jackson, the coach with the most championship rings in NBA history.

Although Kobe Bryant endorsed Jackson assistant Brian Shaw for the vacancy, Jim Buss - the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel and the son of owner Jerry Buss - became intrigued by Brown after Saturday's interview.

Bryant and his teammates apparently weren't consulted during the coaching search, and Bryant declined to comment on Brown's hiring Wednesday when reached by the Los Angeles Times. Bryant publicly supported Shaw, his former Lakers teammate, but the two-time NBA finals MVP also said the Lakers should find a coach who believes in hard-nosed defense.
Bryant reportedly was "surprised" by the hiring.

On Wednesday, LeBron James, who played for Brown in Cleveland, offered his endorsement
"I think it's great," James said in Miami, where he's preparing for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"Mike Brown is a great coach," James said. "He brought us success that we hadn't had before in that city, and it started with his defensive concepts. He brought in a defensive mindset that we didn't have. Fifty-plus wins, he was coach of the year, he got us to the (NBA) finals, won us the Eastern Conference finals ... because of him and his coaching staff. I respect him. He definitely helped me become who I am today."
The AP also noted that Brown is known as being a defensive specialist. 
Brown's background in defense apparently intrigues the Lakers, whose last two title runs were built on sturdy defense led by Bryant and 7-foot shot-blocker Andrew Bynum, a favorite of Jim Buss. Brown is a former assistant to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who employed Brown as his defensive coordinator in Indiana when Lakers forward Ron Artest was named the NBA's top defensive player in 2004.
Brown, 41, coached the Cavaliers from 2005-2006 to 2000-2010, winning 50-plus games in four of those five seasons. He took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2006-2007. He was named the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2009 but parted ways with the team in the early summer of 2010, shortly before All-Star forward LeBron James left the franchise to play for the Miami Heat. Prior to his time in Cleveland, Brown was an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

His name first surfaced with regard to the Lakers position last week. Other candidates included former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman, Lakers assistant Brian Shaw and former Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy.

Update 4:06 p.m.:
Ken Berger of confirms the deal is done in principle. 

UPDATE: According to Ken Berger of, the Lakers and Mike Brown are finalizing negotiations to make him the next coach. "It's close," a source said.

Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area reports that the Lakers will hire Mike Brown as their new head coach following the retirement of Phil Jackson. Steinmetz reports two sources confirming a four-year, $18 million deal for Brown. Previous reports had Brown close to a deal following owner Jerry Buss telling reporters that the Lakers were "very close" to a new head coach. 

Brown brings plusses and minuses, as he is a stellar defensive coach respected by veterans like those the Lakers have. Conversely, Brown is also a questionable offensive coach, relying on offensive assistants for help in that area. He is known as a key motivator, which the Lakers could clearly use after a lackadaisical season. But there are questions about his ability to wrangle stars after the way LeBron James dominated the situation in Cleveland. Now he faces an even more ego-heavy locker room.

There was talk the next Lakers coach would have to take a pay cut, and should the report be accurate, this is a considerable cut from what Jackson made last season, and even more so from the extension Jackson signed before the 2009 season.

There will be questions as to why Rick Adelman was not given the job, but Brown is a capable coach who fits in well with the veteran Lakers squad. It's a move for both stability and change, just what Buss was looking for.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this article. 

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:02 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Oops...I meant Pau

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:01 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

It doesn't matter who coaches the Lakers..they will be in the mix again next year as long as Paul grows a pair.  Hopefully, the next time I see him he has some marijuana tatoos on his shoulders and is hanging out with some rappers from Long Beach.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:57 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Brown didn't play. He coached. He didn't win those ball games. He hasn't won any of those. He advices the players to do certain things and execute those plays. Coaches are there to give them advice about what they are doing wrong and what they should do. The players are the guys who execute the plays and makes the plays. They make the shots and play defense
First, he does not "advices the players to do certain things"...he advises them, but actually a coach "tells them" to do certain things.  As for the rest of the post, if this is the way you feel then I don't expect to see you on these boards calling for a coach to be fired when the players he "advices" don't "execute the plays and makes the plays"...remember the coach does not "make the shots and play defense".  I am not saying I would have hired Brown over some of the other options, just don't completely disregard a coach's influence on the wins and losses of a team. 

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:39 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

how does kobe feel?  if he doesn't like it he might drive the poor guy out

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:36 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Congrats to Mike, great guy and great hire!

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:28 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Its more than a coach...but i'll wait n' see.  The lakers need some young blood in thier line up, or they will be sitting at home again this time next year!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:23 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

GREAT HIRE! Mike Brown did more in the regular season with Bron and the rest of the scrubs on the Cleveland Cavaliers than Eric Spoelstra did with Dewayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Lebron James all together on the Miami Heat (better regular season records). Mike Brown is one of the best defensive minded coaches in the league. This hire is being made on the heels of the success that defensive guru, Tom Thibodeau has had with the Chicago Bulls this year. I thought Mike Brown was in line to replace Doc Rivers in Beantown and take the reins of the Boston Celtics. Now he takes the reins of their bitter rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. 

PS. Personally I've never been a Lakers fan, but honestly... I hate them far less after this hire. 

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:23 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

and here is what he said at the interview.."Ewwwww hayyyyy whaaaa hhaaaaa  ya knoooww  heyyyyyy "   Way to go Lakers...all the good choices and your hire this idiot.  Did anyone ever see how he coached a half court offense?  this guy is a tool !

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:15 pm

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Wow, talk about being the luckiest guy in the world... Pre-Lebron, Brown was a joke as were the Cavs. James comes along and all of a sudden people are hailing him as the greatest coach in the league, when in fact he's easily one of the worst as is evidenced by the Cavs never winning anything even with the best player in the league.
He took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2006-2007.
Um no, LeBron took the Cavs to the Finals... Brown was just a footnote.

And now he gets given the helm at one of the best teams in the league. What has he done to deserve this? At least Adelman won with some good coaching. Houston never had the talent that the Cavs did with LeBron but they were a consistent team. I see that even some Cleveland fans are calling this guy out for the fraud that he is. You think this year was an off year for the Lakers? Unfortunately, I see the Lakers struggling to even make the playoffs next year...

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:08 pm

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

CUTANDPASTE are you stupid?"Who would have ever thought that the Cavs would leap the Lakers in rebuilding already." The cavs will never pass up the lakers in anything idiot they still have kobe,gasol,bynum and odom cleveland has what again? If were picking rebulding history i will take the lakers management over any other team, remember the lakers have only missed the playoffs five times in 61 years!


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